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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-11-15

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CONTENTS

  • [01] TURKISH-CYPRIOT LEADER AGREES TO ATTEND CYPRUS TALKS
  • [02] US PRESIDENT ARRIVES IN ANKARA
  • [03] GREECE EXPRESSES SOLIDARITY WITH TURKISH EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS
  • [04] PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IN FYROM
  • [05] GREEK REPLY TO US ALLEGATIONS REGARDING TERRORISM IN GREECE
  • [06] ANNIVERSARY OF POLYTECHNIC STUDENT UPRISING IN GREECE

  • [01] TURKISH-CYPRIOT LEADER AGREES TO ATTEND CYPRUS TALKS

    The UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, has announced that the Turkish-Cypriot representative, Rauf Denktash, will participate in face-to-face talks on the Cyprus dispute with the Cypriot president, Glafkos Kliridis, in New York starting on 3rd December. In the early hours of this morning, Mr Denktash announced that he would take part in the talks if the procedure to which he agreed originally was adhered to. Earlier Mr Denktash had backed down from a commitment to participate in talks because the UN secretary general had referred in his invitation to "substantial negotiations", whereas he himself had agreed merely to work towards a settlement of the problem. Mr Annan has clarified that the talks will prepare the ground for substantial negotiations. President Kliridis, who has been attending the Commonwealth conference in South Africa, said he had accepted the UN secretary general's invitation after he had received assurances that the talks would be substantial and would concern all the basic aspects of the Cyprus issue.

    [02] US PRESIDENT ARRIVES IN ANKARA

    The American president, Bill Clinton, arrived late last night in Ankara, the first stop on his ten-day tour of the eastern Mediterranean. During the five days he will stay in Turkey, President Clinton will have talks with the Turkish leadership in Ankara, which will include discussion of the Cyprus dispute. The president said the Cyprus problem would need time to resolve but that there was now "fresh hope" a settlement was in sight. Today he is scheduled to meet with his Turkish counterpart, Suleyman Demirel, and prime minister, Bulent Ecevit. On Wednesday, the American president will visit Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos at Fanari, while his programme also includes a visit to Izmit, the city which was destroyed in the August earthquake. On Thursday and Friday Mr Clinton and 53 other state leaders will participate in the meeting of the Conference for Security and Cooperation in Europe, taking place in Constantinople. As regards a possible tripartite meeting between President Clinton, the Greek prime minister, Kostas Simitis, and the Turkish prime minister, Bulent Ecevit, on the sidelines of the conference in Constantinople, the Greek foreign minister, Giorgos Papandreou, said in an interview published in yesterday's edition of the newspaper Ethnos that there had been such a proposal from the American side. In principle, he said, the Greek government had no objection provided there was something "substantial and specific" to be decided. After his trip to Turkey, President Clinton will visit Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Kosovo before returning to Washington on 23rd November.

    [03] GREECE EXPRESSES SOLIDARITY WITH TURKISH EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS

    The Greek prime minister, Kostas Simitis, has sent a message of condolence and solidarity to his Turkish counterpart, Bulent Ecevit, on the victims of the latest catastrophic earthquake in Turkey. The government spokesman, Dimitris Reppas, said Greece would once again send substantial aid to Turkey. The Turkish authorities gave the Greek rescue team arriving in Constantinople a warm welcome. According to the latest figures reported by the Anatolia news agency, the official death toll now stands at 374, although this figure is expected to increase as the chances of survival for those still trapped under the rubble dwindle. At least 3,000 people are injured and tens of thousands have been made homeless. The plight of survivors has been aggravated by the frequent aftershocks and the bitter cold prevailing in the region.

    [04] PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IN FYROM

    In the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the candidate from the ruling VMR party, Boris Traikovsky, has emerged the winner in yesterday's second round of presidential elections. In the early hours of this morning, the Social Democratic Union conceded the defeat of its candidate, Tito Petrovsky.

    [05] GREEK REPLY TO US ALLEGATIONS REGARDING TERRORISM IN GREECE

    In reply to an article on terrorism in Greece, published in last week's issue of the American newspaper, the Washington Post, Greek Professors Theodoros Kouloumbis and Thanos Veremis have written an article entitled "Peaceful Greece" which appeared in yesterday's edition of the newspaper. In the article, the two professors underline that Greece is a country which has established strong democratic institutions since 1974. As regards the November 17th terrorist organisation, they stress that despite the coordinated efforts of the Greek police and the FBI, they have not managed to break up the organisation, apparently because it is an organisation with very few members which does not carry out regular attacks. Meanwhile a report published in yesterday's edition of the newspaper, To Vima, says the authorities are now on the organisation's trail. The public order ministry has issued a statement in which it says terrorism is not an appropriate issue for public debate.

    [06] ANNIVERSARY OF POLYTECHNIC STUDENT UPRISING IN GREECE

    Events marking the anniversary of the Polytechnic student uprising against the military dictatorship in 1973 get under way today and culminate on Wednesday with the customary march to the US embassy in Athens.
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